Placing tiles on the floor of a shower

The shower is where you prepare for the day, you refresh yourself before a day of work or where you relax after working for many hours. Renew your shower with a tiled floor is an important step customizing your bathroom. Place tiles enhance the appearance of your bathroom and increase the value of your home.

The renovation of the shower floor can be a bit tricky. The floor must be waterproof, have a slight slope for drainage and be comfortable to stand.


  1. Make sure the shower drain was installed in the correct position with the lower half resting flush with the bottom surface. Remove the top half of the purge and installs PVC tray (available in stores and home improvement stores in tiles). Use galvanized roofing nails at least 12 inches (30 cm) to drive up the lining of the walls that surround the shower tray. Let the liner falls into the tray without stress, where the floor meets the walls. Maybe you need a little fold in the corners. Let the tray liner overlaps the curve of the shower.
  2. Once the tray liner installed, cut slightly above the drain bolts so that the liner fits perfectly to the lower half of the shower drain. Cutting a hole in the lining of the tray directly above the drain whole, replace the top half of the draw and bolt down. Place a nail galvanized roof or a small piece of tile in each of the three drainage holes.
  3. Install drywall or cement board after the tray liner is installed. Cement board should overlap by coating tray. Once the board or drywall was installed, using a level to mark a line all the way around the walls of about one inch (2.5 cm) above the top of the shower drain
  4. Now it’s time to fill your tray. Here it is best to use premixed mud covered if it’s available in your local store home improvement stores or tiles. If not, you can make your own mix with 4 parts sand to 1 part cement. The substance mixture in a wheelbarrow. Add just enough water to dry mixture to make a “dry pack”. When you grab a handful and squeeze the mixture, the components should stay together in a ball that does not feel wet or soft.
  5. Once you have mixed the mud with a spoon or shovel place it in the tray. Start at the back wall of the shower and use a level to make sure the mud is uniform as you apply it to the wall. Gently gives a slope toward the drain with a trowel. This task will require gradually straight edges, which is usually made of aluminum and are available in stores tile stores or home improvement. Screeds are basically various lengths. If you do not have the budget to buy, you can own your own by cutting a board of 1×3 to the different lengths you need. Use the straight edges as necessary by placing one end along the shower wall and the other end near the leak and sliding straight edge or working in the desired grade. Remember to allow the thickness of your tile drain. In other words, the mortar coating fills approximately between 1/4 and 3/8 inch (0.6 and 0.9 cm) below the lip of the drain, so that the tile can be installed sausage to sewer. Continue this process around the shower tray. It will take a little time and patience the first time you do it, but the payoff is that you will have a perfectly sloped shower tray. It literally sets the stage for a beautiful new tile floor. Once you’ve done the slope, use a wood float to pack down the mud. Fill in the fields as needed. Again, patience will help you achieve a smooth inclined tray for your renewal shower floor goes well. Place a level or levels of wall to make sure everything is with mortar around the perimeter of the tray. This will have an impact on the way of installation of wall tiles.
  6. Let the mortar sit for at least 24 hours. Once you have settled, you can install the tiles ring, which eliminate the need to cut the tiles around the shower drain. Then it should be a fairly simple place, cut and install the tiles in the shower tray task. After all this work, you should be rewarded with a beautiful new floor tiles in your shower, which will undoubtedly improve the style of your bathroom and you will enjoy your next relaxing even shower. Specialty Home Improvement congratulates you on your successful home improvement project. For most projects you can do for yourself, check our entire section of instructional materials. “